During every national emergency situation, there are always scammers who look to capitalize on people during times of distress. Scammers have already begun to take advantage of the current state of emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Similar to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, phishing scams have begun to plague our inboxes. Coronavirus phishing scams may come in the form of a statement or request from someone impersonating a Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), or similar agency official. They may even use domain names similar to those of the CDC and WHO.
The holiday season usually means new tech gadgets for everyone to tap, swipe, click, and download. Most people who unwrap a new iPhone, MacBook, Smartwatch, Fitbit, or game console probably aren’t considering the ramifications of connecting those devices to the Internet and setting up new user accounts filled with their personal information. Unfortunately, we live in a time where have to, or at the very least, should.